Clinical Programs

The Washington College of Law has one of the finest Clinical Programs in the country consistently ranked among the top ten in the nation (for the current rankings see U.S. News and World Report). The eight law clinics provide second- and third-year students the opportunity to work as lawyers, representing real clients with real legal problems, under the tutelage of faculty members. Students handle litigation from beginning to end (including preparing witnesses, fact investigation, and presentation of evidence before judicial and administrative bodies), carry out transactional work for client groups, take full responsibility for clients' cases, and learn lawyering skills at both a practical and theoretical level. Student attorneys work closely with faculty advisors, who provide helpful and constructive feedback, and are able to understand the demands of being a lawyer and to see first hand how law operates in society. Each clinic consists of a seminar in which students participate in simulations and have opportunities to discuss cases and case theory with each other as well as individual meetings with their faculty advisor (supervising attorney) to focus on individual cases.

WCL does not have a clinic that focuses specifically on environmental issues, but both The International Human Rights Clinic and the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic frequently have cases relating to environmental law. Moreover, all of the clinics expose students to the skills and challenges that will make them successful environmental lawyers.

For more information on all of the clinics, click here.